DECRYPTION – The National Rally and LREM are still struggling to establish themselves in the departments.
An unprecedented abstention, a clear bonus for leavers with the good performance of the candidates from the right and the left, an air gap for the RN and an almost non-existent presidential party. These are the still partial lessons that could be drawn, Sunday evening at 10 pm, from the first results of the departmental. With less than one in three voters who went to the polls, according to national estimates available in the evening, the first round of departmental 2021 shatters all abstention records. Not only is this the lowest turnout recorded for departmental (and cantonal), an election that elected officials often present as a proximity ballot, popular with the French. But it would even be the worst result of all the ballots combined, with the sole exception of the referendum on the quinquennium of 2000. To fully understand the decline, it must be remembered that the previous record of abstention in cantonal elections
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